Why study the Music - Electroacoustic composition, sonic art pathway from the University of Birmingham:
- Long standing history - The Department of Music is one of the most distinguished in the UK with a history stretching back to 1905 when Edward Elgar was appointed the University’s first Professor of Music. The Department also has a long history of excellence in the field of electroacoustic music composition and presentation.
- Fantastic facilities available - We have a wide range of resources and facilities to support your learning and ensure you receive the maximum benefit from studying this programme. Our facilities in the state-of-the-art Bramall Music Building include five electroacoustic studios, an isolation room for recording, a dedicated control room which can record sound from around the building, and an 18 seat computer cluster.
- Cutting-edge activities - The internationally recognised BEAST system (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) regularly presents student works in concerts with up to 100 loudspeakers in Birmingham and abroad (e.g. Berlin, Copenhagen, Basel). Our postgraduate laptop ensemble, the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research (BEER) provides opportunities to explore advanced aspects of live electroacoustic performance such as controller integration, network music, and live coding.
- Plenty of opportunities within the Department - You also have access to excellent equipment and library resources, and the opportunity to interact with distinguished guest artists in our seminar series.
The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.
You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:
- Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
- Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
- Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
- Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
- Advanced Studies in Instrumental/Vocal Composition
- British Music Studies 1850-1975
- Contemporary Music Studies
- Experimental Music and Sound Art
- Fieldwork Methods
- Laptop Ensemble
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesMusic Music History Computer Sciences View 241 other Masters in Music in United Kingdom
We usually ask for a good Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Music or a related subject with a substantial musical component. Degrees in other subjects will be considered where candidates have significant professional musical experience and relevant qualifications.
- Your application should include a personal statement of approximately 5,000 characters. You should use your personal statement to explain why you are interested in studying this programme. In order to expedite processing, please clearly state the pathway to which you are applying within the first paragraph of your personal statement.
- All prospective students for pathways in composition must also submit a portfolio of 3–4 compositions, showcasing your range of styles and compositional technique
International19440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19440 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9500 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Part-time fees: UK: 4,750 GBP per year
Living costs for Birmingham
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
- Government-backed postgraduate loans are available to help UK and EU students to finance their studies. Loans are available of up to £10,906 for Masters by Research students and up to £25,700 for PhD students, in all subject areas.
- International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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